A Crunk TGS Report

Some of you may remember Andrew Vestal, one of the guys who once ran the GIA. He's now living in Japan and recently attended the Tokyo Game Show. While there were also 'Western' games shown, he took a closer look at the 'local' productions and wrote a report for CrunkGames, which might as well be considered as editorial on the state of the Japanese gaming industry.

I Better Get Experience

I think the reward system for my life has been nerfed. I try to get enjoyment out of mowing the lawn or taking out the trash, but I get a little tired of having to do it all over the next week. It's a seriously tedious treadmill that only gets worse the longer I play. I look forward to the time when I hit 65 and can finally...wait a second...I'll bet it's just more of the same.

Tokyo Game Show News

It's Tokyo Game Show time again. A number of new games were announced and/or shown. The guys at Gamefront covered the event, here's a short summary of some major tidbits. Square Enix has unveiled the Front Mission title that was hinted at a while ago. Front Mission Online will be released next year. There apparently will be beta tests in Spring in Japan.

Jade Empire Site Launched

While the publishing deal behind Jade Empire was already known for quite a while, the game wasn't officially unveiled until recently. Now BioWare has launched the official website of the Xbox project. Offering some more information on and screenshots of the action-adventure/RPG which obviously features Asian elements.

The Simpsons Hit & Run Impressions

The lesson is: Our God is vengeful! O spiteful one, show me who to smite and they shall be smoten! - Homer On a whim I rented The Simpsons Hit & Run while I was checking the local Blockbuster for D&D Heroes. IÂ'm glad I did, it turns out that this is easily the greatest Simpsons game IÂ've ever played.
Porrasturvat? Rekkaturvat? What the hell is he talking about? Don't fret, the two freeware games I'm referring to are also known as Stair Dismount and Truck Dismount respectively. Now that probably sounds more familiar. The main goal: push a ragdoll down the stairs (Porrasturvat) or create a truck accident with it (Rekkaturvat).

From the Trenches, EB Changes Employee Policy

The average Electronic Boutique employee takes a lot of crap from the gaming public these days. With return policies down the tubes, pre-order demands on the rise and the constant pressure to sell sell sell it's getting harder for real gamers to stomach working at specialty shops.

Daily Elysium: AFK

I am a man with my hands placed stoicly upon my hips, chest thrust proudly forward, chin held high, and an expression of casual confidence upon my face.  Also I'm standing on a railroad track in front of a charging freight train, that's on fire, with giant metal spikes that will impale my confident form as easily as driving a nail through a stick of hot butter on a warm day.  Or so I som

Half-Life 2 Delayed or Golden?

I bet you haven't read that anywhere else yet. Ahem. Anyway. Shacknews points out that Valve is only as reliable as about 95 percent of the other companies in the software industry. Which means that Half-Life 2 won't be available later this month.

Gamecube Price Drops to $99 Bucks

cube.ign.com reports that tomorrow Nintendo will officially announce that the Gamecube will be selling for $99 dollars US with one controller and no game. This isn't earth shattering when you consider that until now the console has been going for $150 with a game of your choice.

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